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    Early Europeans

    Abel Tasman The 1642–43 expedition led by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sailed into Tasman Bay and probably sighted Rangitoto ki te Tonga (D’Urville Island), but substantial European acquaintance with Marlborough had to await British explorer James Cook and ...

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    Grazing and farming

    The first flocks The first sheep arrived in Marlborough in November 1846, when John Cooper and Nathaniel Morse drove a flock from Nelson to the upper Wairau valley, where they had taken up a run. In August 1847 Frederick Weld and Charles Clifford, having ...

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    Extractive industries

    Timber Sawmilling was a major enterprise from the 1860s. Brownlees were the biggest operators, felling trees around the Māhakipawa inlet and in the Kaituna and Pelorus valleys from 1864. At their peak they operated 45 km of tramways and three mills. Brown ...

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    The grape revolution

    Yukich’s hunch Grapes were first planted on a large scale in Marlborough by Montana Wines of Auckland in 1973. At the time, vineyards were concentrated in year-round warm areas like Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Auckland. Marlborough was thought to be too dry ...

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    Transport and communications

    Sea Māori used waka extensively in the Marlborough Sounds and also to cross Raukawa Moana (Cook Strait). In colonial times water transport was standard in the Sounds, and also on occasion along Marlborough’s east coast. In the heyday of coastal shipping ( ...

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    Government

    the Wairau and adjacent areas, which took place in 1859. Soldiering on From 1859 the new province had ...

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    Population and society

    Māori and early Pākehā It is likely that only a few hundred Māori lived in Marlborough in the first half of the 19th century, and many of them, particularly those who had recently settled there from the North Island, moved between their new home and their ...

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    Sport, recreation and culture

    Marlborough:  a provincial history (1940). Veteran journalist Don Grady published many titles about the ‘top of ... T he letters and journals of Katherine Mansfield. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1977, pp. 258–259. Back ...

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    Life and leisure

    Show days The annual Agricultural and Pastoral (A & P) shows became important events on the calendar for the whole community. They were held first in Ōpōtiki (1892) and Tauranga (1893). The Whakatāne association started in Tāneatua in 1907, moving to ...

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    Overview

    Standing on Kōhī Point, high above the ocean at Whakatāne, the onlooker scans an impressive expanse of coastline. Far to the west, at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour, lies Mt Maunganui. Looking north out to sea, Mayor Island is discernible, and closer in ...

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